Sounding a warning to Bangladesh and Australia, prolific Indian no. 3 Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said today he had been working out a few new things in his game which he could try out in the Irani Cup game for Rest of India against Gujarat starting here tomorrow.
"I have worked on a few things in my game. Probably I'll try and execute them in this game. I can't disclose much about my batting. I like to score big runs but that is one thing that is on the cards," said Pujara, who will lead the Rest against the newly-crowned Ranji Trophy champions at the Brabourne Stadium.
"Obviously, I have played enough cricket at CCI (Cricket Club of India) and in Mumbai, so I know how the conditions will be. Obviously, I would firs think that we want to win the games, so I would want to score runs. If I score some and get set, then I would like to try a few things," the Saurashtra batsman added.
India are to play a one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad later this month followed by a four-Test series against Australia, a team that got whipped 4-0 on its last visit to this country.
Pujara has a splendid record against the Aussies at home, having scored 495 runs in five Tests at a robust average of over 70.
He has been in very good touch in the two Test rubbers that India have already played this season at home - against New Zealand (373 runs in 3 Tests) and England (401 runs in 5 Tests).
The 28-year-old Rajkot-born cricketer, who averages a shade under 50 after 43 Test matches under his belt, said the Irani game offers him a good opportunity to get into the groove ahead of the remainder of the Test season at home.
"I think it will be good for me to have some practice before the Test series starts. I always love playing first-class cricket. It gives you the experience, the exposure, it helps you keep in touch."